It’s always news in Washington when a quarterback signs with the Redskins. But when that quarterback has 21 NFL starts under his belt and is 27 years old there are some ripple effects that need to be examined.
One thing is that the signing of Colt McCoy would appear to be the end of the line for Rex Grossman, at least in a Redskins uniform. In four years in Washington, Grossman started 16 games but he has not taken a snap in the last two years as he has been the third QB behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. He is currently a free agent. While the door isn't completely closed to a Grossman return until he signs elsewhere, he probably doesn’t want to be in a situation where he is competing with McCoy for a spot on the off chance that Jay Gruden decides to go with three quarterbacks on the roster.
Gruden’s Bengals carried two quarterbacks all three years he was offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. It should be noted, however, that he did not have control over the roster and that may have been counter to his preferences.
In any case, many are wondering if the acquisition of McCoy is a precursor to the team trading away Cousins. Dealing Cousins has been talked about almost since the team drafted him in the fourth round of the same draft they took Griffin second overall. The presence of McCoy might make that easier to do should another team come up with an offer the Redskins can’t refuse.
And this move may be about being ready if a team makes an attractive offer for Cousins. With offseason workouts starting on Monday, McCoy will be able to learn Gruden’s offense along with Cousins and Griffin. The draft starts five weeks from today and if another team makes an attractive offer for Cousins the Redskins would not have to start from scratch at the backup QB position.
If no offer comes in for Cousins and he remains with the Redskins, McCoy serve as a camp arm and he will try to persuade Gruden that he should keep him as a third QB.